Local giving from a local great
26th July 2017
Local businessman Frank Carter has given an unforgettable gift to the community he loves.
Mr Carter, who received an OBE for services to business and charity in 2014, has created a fund for South Yorkshire communities. The fund will focus on supporting children and young people to get a better start in life and will largely benefit Barnsley. The Frank and Pat Carter Family Fund has been set up with local charity South Yorkshire's Community Foundation (SYCF). SYCF specialises in establishing funds with local businesses and philanthropists, which are distributed for the benefit of local communities. Mr Carter is the former managing director of Yorkshire Tractions and has a long history of supporting local charities. He was Chairman of Barnsley Hospice for 13 years and recently retired as a Trustee of SYCF after 10 years of supporting the charity. Frank Carter OBE said: -My life time passions have been buses, business and building support for local charities. -After ten years as Trustee of SYCF I wanted to continue my support of their vital work, to help our communities thrive. -I established the Frank and Pat Carter Family Fund, with the generous match from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, to ensure our support for local charities and communities can continue well into the future. -I have been able to focus our Family Fund to areas of personal interest, with a preference for Barnsley and support for children and young people to have a better start in life. -Our Family Fund has also enabled me to do something in memory of my wonderful wife, to ensure that our joint commitment to Barnsley and community continues. Mr Carter is the latest donor to take part in SYCF's Philanthropy Catalyst Match Challenge which is available thanks to the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. The catalyst provides a £1 for £1 match on charitable donations. James Newman, Chairman of SYCF and former Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: -We have been very lucky to have had Frank as a Trustee for 10 years at the Foundation, he has been invaluable and will be missed by us all. -The Frank and Pat Carter Family Fund will ensure that Frank and his families' legacy of giving to the community they live in continues for many years to come. -We offer a range of different ways for individuals, families and businesses to give locally to the causes they care about. -Our current match challenge, which offers a £1 for £1 match on donations, is helping donors like Frank to give life changing gifts to our communities and I look forward to seeing the impact this new fund has in the future. SYCF is a key part of the local charity sector and in 30 years has raised and distributed over £26m, amounting to over 8,250 grant awards. In 2015-16, SYCF's grant awards supported 1 in 10 people across South Yorkshire